Know your knots
With many fishing enthusiasts breaking away to the Vaalnest Hotel at Vaal Marina, Vaal Dam for a week end of fishing, discussions round the dinner tables have some times focused on popular fishing knots.
Our overall favorite fishing knot for line and braid
The Palomar Knot is a general-purpose connection used in joining fishing line to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures. The double wrap of through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added knot strength. One of the strongest fishing knots, be sure to wet the line before cinching it tight.
1. Double the line and form a loop three to four inches long. Pass the end of the loop through hook’s eye.
2. Hold standing line between thumb and finger, grasp loop with free hand and form a simple overhand knot.
3. Pass hook through loop and draw line while guiding loop over top of eyelet.
4. Pull tag end of line to tighten the knot snugly and trim the tag end to about 1/4 inch.
The best fishing knot to connect line to leader when casting
The Albright Knot is most commonly used for joining mono filament or braided lines of unequal diameters, and for creating shock leaders. It is also used for connecting mono filament to wire.
1. Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier line and hold between thumb and forefinger of left hand. Insert the tag end of the lighter line through loop from the top.
2. Slip tag end of lighter line under your left thumb and pinch it tightly against the heavier strands of the loop. Wrap the first turn of the lighter line over itself and continue wrapping toward the round end of loop. Take at least 12 turns with the lighter line around all three strands.
3. Insert tag end of the lighter line through end of loop from the bottom. It must enter and leave the loop on same side.
4. With the thumb and forefinger of left hand, slide the coils of lighter line towards end of loop, stop 1/8″ from end of loop. Using pliers, pull tag end of lighter line tight to keep coils from slipping off loop.
5. With your left hand still holding the heavier line pull on the standing part of the lighter line. Pull the tag end of the lighter line and the standing part a second time. Pull the standing part of the heavy mono and the standing part of the light line.
6. Trim both tag ends.
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